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dc.contributor.authorEgerton, B.
dc.description.abstractA particular Western secularisation and disenchantment narrative proposes that the post Enlightenment promotion of rationalism, science and technology entails the abandonment of “the great enchanted garden” (Weber, The Sociology of Religion, 240), the sacred understanding of the world and “the fulness thereof” (KJV, Psalm 24:1). Drawing on the work of Max Weber, Friedrich Schiller, C.S. Lewis and Rowan Williams, this paper investigates disenchantment and re-enchantment through the application of the senses of sight and hearing in English poet Michael Symmons Roberts’ prize-winning 2013 collection Drysalter. This paper focuses on five separate but interrelated poems placed throughout the collection, all set in “Paradise / an old zoo, abandoned / by its keepers” (Drysalter, 20)—and, I argue, collocated with Weber’s enchanted garden, Eden, and planet earth. I suggest that these poems use ‘sight’ as a metaphor of a rational and enlightened, but partial, human understanding of the world, and offer ‘hearing’ (of nature’s enchanted voice or sound) as the necessary complement that permits true, full comprehension and stewardship of creation. With its echo of Schiller, Roberts’ final ‘Paradise/Zoo’ poem resurrects extinct bat species through a “son et lumière” show, and demonstrates that re-enchantment can only take place in the simultaneity of “son”, nature’s sound, and the “lumière” of enlightened human understanding. It is in the holding together of these two understandings where Christian responsibility towards God’s creation lies.en_NZ
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dc.subjectRoberts, Michael Symmons (1963-)en_NZ
dc.subjectDrysalter (2013)en_NZ
dc.subjectpoetry criticismen_NZ
dc.subjectEden (Garden of Paradise)en_NZ
dc.titleSon et lumière : re-enchantment and environmental obligation in Michael Symmons Roberts' 'Drysalter'en_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Oral Presentationen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studiesen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationEgerton, B. (2018, September). Son et lumière: re-enchantment and environmental obligation in Michael Symmons Roberts' 'Drysalter'. Paper presented at the 2018 Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature - Gathering in the Strange: Literary Vision in a Disenchanted World (SWCCL 2018), Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States.en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleChristianity and Literatureen_NZ
unitec.conference.title2018 Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature - Gathering in the Strange: Literary Vision in a Disenchanted World (SWCCL 2018)en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgOklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, Oklahoma)en_NZ
unitec.conference.locationOklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, United Statesen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaLanguage Studies

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